End-of-Life

loving-1207568_1280At Rites of Passage, we offer a variety of end-of-life services including funerals, memorials, grief support, life reviews, living wakes, and advance planning.  We also walk with individuals and families through the legal, practical, and emotional aspects of preparing for death. Kristabeth has officiated nearly 200 funerals over the past twenty years and has walked with countless individuals and families through grief and loss.

Funerals, Memorials, and Celebrations of Life

The purpose of an end-of-life ritual is to help family and friends celebrate the life of their loved one, acknowledge their grief, and begin the process of looking toward the future. An end-of-life ritual which is tailored to reflect the personality, beliefs, and interests of the loved one who has died can provide comfort and begin the path toward healing. Our Funeral, Memorial, and Celebration of Life packages include consultation, a customized ceremony, and spiritual care (if desired). Kristabeth spends ample time with family and friends in order to design a unique end-of-life ritual that reflects the life of the loved one being memorialized.

“Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end.”

~ Joanne Harris

Grief Support

Whether death comes unexpectedly or after a lengthy illness, loved ones must take time to mourn. At Rites of Passage, we support the grieving process by helping you come to terms with the past, accept the loss, and consider what you will carry with you into the future. Our Grief Support package includes spiritual care coaching sessions as well as a personalized grief support ritual to help you acknowledge your loss and honor your loved one as you move forward in life.

End-of-Life Planning

Planning ahead for your death doesn’t negate the full, active life you are currently living. As Robert Butler and Myrna Lewis affirm, “People can become ready to die but in no hurry to die.” Our End-of-Life Planning package includes several in-person consultations on the legal, practical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of death. You will have the opportunity to consider your burial options, design your funeral or memorial, write your obituary, and reflect on what you want to leave your loved ones in the form of an ethical will. Planning ahead for this inevitable life-event saves you and your family the stress of making last-minute arrangements, reduces costs, gives you peace of mind, and allows your loved ones to mourn knowing they have honored your end-of-life wishes.

“When I was a pastor, I often sat with families after the death of a loved one. So many families struggled to know what their loved ones would want – what to do with the body, what kind of remembrance to hold, whether to request memorial donations, where to hold a reception. Having to make decisions without knowing their loved one’s wishes made an already stressful time that much more difficult. Compounding the situation, I witnessed grieving families go into debt to pay for expensive funeral packages purchased hastily in the hours following a death. In my work today, I want to help individuals and families make intentional, informed end-of-life decisions so those left behind can focus on what is truly important at the time of death, celebrating and honoring their loved one.”

~ Kristabeth Atwood, Founder of Rites of Passage, LLC

End-of-Life Preparation

When facing a terminal diagnosis or nearing the end-of-life, individuals may wish to take stock, reach out to loved ones, reflect on their legacy, and put the finishing touches on final plans. Our End-of-Life Preparation package is specially designed for those nearing death. We will walk with you (or your loved one) through the process of approaching and accepting death by providing spiritual care and practical support. We will work with you on your ethical will, guide you in a life review, and design and officiate a personalized living wake, as well as support you in designing your funeral or memorial service and writing your obituary.

Email us for information about our end-of-life services or schedule a free 25-minute introductory phone call.

“When I rise up/
let me rise up joyful/like a bird.

 When I fall/let me fall without regret
/like a leaf.”

~ Wendell Berry

 

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